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Nothing warms the heart like seeing people come together during times of crisis. And that is exactly what women business and restaurant owners in Philadelphia are doing. They saw a need in the restaurant industry during 2020, and they responded accordingly.

In response to food makers affected financially by the 2020 pandemic, restaurant-owner Bridget Foy started Sisterly Love Food Fair. Sisterly Love, a collaboration of women-owned businesses and restaurants in Philadelphia, travels around the city, hosting a plethora of events, such as picnics, happy hours, and food tastings. Their mission is simple, yet profound. They are a group of women entrepreneurs helping and encouraging one another after the economically challenging year left many restaurant owners struggling to stay above water.

Sisterly Love’s most recent event was a charitable affair, dubbed Sisterly Love Sunday Supper. The proceeds from this charity event benefited an organization called Women Against Abuse, an operation devoted to stopping domestic violence against women and children. The Sunday Supper was hosted on October 3rd at the Cherry Street Pier’s Garden. Their menu was a varied assortment of fine cuisine and drinks.

Keynote speakers at this event included famous pastry chef and award-winning essayist, James Beard, and Lisa Donovan, author and advocate for ending domestic violence. Donovan is a domestic abuse survivor and penned the memoir, Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger. When she was asked to speak at the Sunday Supper event, Donovan knew it was a cause that was close to her heart.

Of note, Sisterly Love recently allied with another organization, Les Dames d’Escoffier, a global culinary initiative. Les Dames enriches the lives of women in the culinary industry by offering them mentorships. This partnership will allow Sisterly Love to reach a wider audience of women restaurant owners and entrepreneurs.

Sisterly Love is open to any woman business owner wishing to join the collab, and they plan on continuing their street food fair events well into the future.

This article originally published on GREY Journal.